Writing Competitions

Competition Listings – Please Read

Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

Science me a Story Competition

The Science me a Story Competition is open until May 16, 2019. It comes from The Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK/CERU). The aim is to promote science using stories as a tool to communicate and engage primary school children. Prizes: £150, £100 and £50. The winning stories will be published in a […]

Writing Writers Drabble Contest

The Writing Writers Drabble Contest is a monthly competition. Free to enter. No set theme or subject matter. If you enter the competition, you are granting permission to publish the story on the Writing Writers Website so they can open voting. Submit one drabble per month. All entries will be posted on the website anonymously […]

The Wells Festival Competitions

The Wells Festival Competitions are open until June 30, 2019. This year’s prize money is £750, £300, £200 and Local Prize £100 for the Short Story, Open Poetry and Book for Children competitions. The prize in the Young Poets category is £150 and a year’s subscription to The Poetry Society. Judges: Simon Armitage for Open […]

The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019

The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019 is open until July 1, 2019. Free to enter. The Prize will be awarded for an original and previously unpublished playscript for theatre, radio or television, max 15 minutes in length. Submit a one-page treatment, 500-800 words. The scripts should be in one location and feature no […]

Creative Writing NZ Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 3,000 words. Open to all nationalities. You must be aged 18 and over to enter. Prize: NZ$30. The winning author will also be offered publication on their webiste. More here.

Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize

The Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize is open until June 14, 2019. The prize is aimed at 18-26 years olds. Entry fee: £1 for 1 poem/story, £1.75 for 2 poems/stories or £2.25 for 3 poems. First prize is six mentoring sessions from an experienced writer. All winning entrants will be published online and in a printed […]

Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award 2019

The Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award 2019 is open until May 31, 2019. Open to unrepresented and unpublished authors for a novel in any adult fiction genre. The winner will receive £1,000 and an introduction to literary agent, Nelle Andrew. The runner-up will receive £250 and a manuscript review. Judges: Nelle Andrew and Beth […]

2019 Creative Future Writers’ Award

The 2019 Creative Future Writers’ Award is now open until June 2, 2019. Free to enter. The Creative Future Writers’ Award is the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. They showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. There […]

January 2019 Creative Writing Ink Competition Results

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our competition! January 2019 Competition Results Winner: Fabiyas MV Shortlist: Michelle Marsiglia, Sam McPherson, Carol Harte, Caroline Cooper Charles, Ben Sears, Sharon Laslett, Glyn Carter.

Not So Normal Narrators 2019

The Not So Normal Narrators 2019 competition is open until August 31, 2019. This is an international competition, open to writers aged 14 and over. Submit stories, 2,000-5000 words. Prompt: Diverse and Unusual Teen Voices Prizes: £200, £100, £50. The top ten stories will also be included in an anthology, released in winter 2019. Entry […]

Crabbe Poetry Competition 2019

The Crabbe Poetry Competition 2019 is open until June 29, 2019. Prizes: £600, £300, £150, two highly commended prizes of £75 each. Entry Fee: £3 per poem Judge: Tiffany Atkinson, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. The competition is open to anyone who was either born, educated, working or resident in […]

Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019 is open until 28 June 2019 (5pm BST). There are three categories: Fiction, Poetry, and Life Writing. The winners in each category will receive a £1,000 cash prize. They will also be published in Wasafiri and offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in […]

2019 Berlin Writing Prize

The 2019 Berlin Writing Prize is open until June 30, 2019. Theme: The Circus Submit fiction and non-fiction of up to 3,000 words. Entry Fee: €12 The winner will receive a one-month residency in an apartment at Berlin’s Circus Hotel, and a four-day pass to The British Council Germany’s Literary Seminar. Two runners up will […]

Closed: Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

The Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly international flash fiction competition. Deadline: February 28, 2019 Submit stories between 180 and 360 words. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Entry Fee: £7. Fifty long-listed authors will be offered publication in their annual print anthology and will receive a free copy. They will also publish one story […]

The Moth International Short Story Prize 2019

The Moth International Short Story Prize 2019 is open until June 30, 2019. Judge: Kid de Waal Prizes: 1st prize – €3,000. 2nd prize – week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend. 3rd prize – €1,000. The Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the work […]

Bath Novel Award 2019

The Bath Novel Award 2019 is open until June 2nd 2019. First prize is £2,500. Entry fee: £25 per novel with sponsored entries available for writers on low incomes. Judge: literary agent Hellie Ogden More here.

Alpine Fellowship 2019 Writing Prize

The Alpine Fellowship 2019 Writing Prize is open until April 1, 2019. Theme: Identity The winner and two runners up will be invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium. The winner will receive £10,000 and poet John Burnside will present the award. £3000 will go to the second place, £2000 to the third place. Open to […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

Limnisa Short Story Competition 2019

The Limnisa Short Story Competition 2019 is open until March 30, 2019. Free to enter. Open to writers around the world. Submit short stories up to 1500 words inspired by the picture on their website. First prize is a one week, all inclusive, writers’ retreat at a seaside location in Greece. More information here.

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

We are looking for short stories or poetry and the word limit is 3,000 words (for short stories) or 40 lines (for poetry). Entries should be in English and we accept submissions from writers around the world of any age. You can submit one entry every month. Please feel free to resubmit your work every month. We do not accept previously published material.

Closed: Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2019

The Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2019 is open until March 13, 2019. Judge Kei Miller will read all poems. Prizes: £600, £200, £100 Entry Fee: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 poems Winners will be informed by 2 May 2019 and will be invited to read alongside Kei Miller at the prize awarding […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Competition is open until March 31, 2019. Submit stories on any subject (max 2,000 words). Prizes: £200, £75, £25. The winning stories will be published on the Henshawpress website. Entry fee: £6 More here.

The Writing District Competition

The Writing District competition is an ongoing monthly competition. Closing last date of every month. Free to enter Prize includes $50 and online publication. Further details here.  Note that The Writing District is our sister site.

WICKED Young Writer Awards 2019

The WICKED Young Writer Awards 2019 are open until March 18, 2019. Free to enter. Open to 5-25 year old residents of the UK. Submit a piece of writing on a theme or subject of your choice. There are five age categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. The overall winners from each category will win […]

Bristol Short Story Prize

The Bristol Short Story Prize is open until May 1st, 2019. Submit stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. There are 17 runner-up prizes of £100 each. The twenty shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology. Entry Fee : £9 More here.

Annual International Welsh Poetry Competition

The Annual International Welsh Poetry Competition is open until May 26, 2019. Submit up to 50 lines. Entry Fee: £5 (£6 PayPal) Prizes: £500, £250, £100, plus 17 runners up published on website and in a future anthology. More here.

Closed: Soundwork Short Story Competition

The Soundwork Short Story Competition is open until February 28, 2019. Submit a short story of up to 2500 words. Any style or theme. Free to enter. Prize: Recording by a professional actor and production for inclusion on Soundcloud and the soundwork-uk.co.uk website along with a photo. More here.

The To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition

The To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition is open until July 31, 2019. Prizes: 1st :£1,000, your head on the cover of a book and the opportunity to star in the winner’s video, riding a Harley Davidson to Hull. 2nd: £500. 3rd: £250. 3 x Highly Commended: £100. 14 x Shortlisted: £50. Submit […]

A3 Review Monthly Contest

The A3 Review monthly contest is open until the 4th Saturday of every month. They accept prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories, hybrid forms, photography, illustration, painting. Maximum number of words is 150. The two winning entries each month are published in The A3 Review, to be published every six months. From this shortlist of […]

1000 Word Challenge Competition

The 1000 Word Challenge Competition is an ongoing quarterly writing competition. Submit stories of up to 1000 words. The theme changes every quarter. It costs £5 to enter and the top prize is £100. More here.

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